Across the past year, cold brew coffee has become the darling around cafés in town. Not just for coffee enthusiasts, but for anyone who enjoys a quality cuppa with a hefty dose of caffeine, and Instagram-worthy presentation.
Cold brew markets itself as smoother, sweeter, and less acidic, making it friendlier to drink, especially without added milk or sugar. It has acquired a sort of pedestal in the artisanal coffee market, and it’s doubtful that cold brew will give way to any new fad soon, because unlike most banal food trends here, it actually tastes good.
Cold brew coffee is basically made from coffee beans that have been brewed in cold water over a long period of time. The duration is anywhere between six hours to two days, and this affects intensity. The usual cuppa you order tends to be brewed with hot, boiling water. Some cafés choose to steep their beans in room temperature water instead, and this too can be considered cold brewing.
If you’re all aboard the cold brew bandwagon, or want to give this style of coffee a try, here are 5 of the best places in Singapore to get your fix.
Kotobuki specialises in cold drip coffee straight from Kyoto, as well as siphon coffee brewing, a pretty neat method where a glass contraption comprising two glass balloons arrives at your table, and performs a bit of theatrical brewery. Kotobuki also serves up Japanese and Western bites to enjoy with your cuppa. It’s not exactly the best place for a takeaway bottle of cold brew, rather you ought to sit and enjoy the entire experience.
Kotobuki Coffee, Wisma Atria, 435 Orchard Road, #01-18C, Singapore 238877, +65 6734 7767
Chye Seng Huat Hardware was right at the frontlines of the café boom in Singapore. Its longevity in our competitive café scene is a telling statement of its quality, and it makes excellent bottled cold brews using a blend of beans from Ethiopia and Sidamo. Its coffee is slightly more acidic than usual, making it ideal for people who prefer cold brews with stronger flavour.
Chye Seng Huat Hardware Coffee Bar, 150 Tyrwhitt Rd, Singapore 207563, +65 6396 0609
The Populus’ fruity cold drip coffee is a bitter expression made with beans that come from Costa Rica. It’s got notes of tropical and stone fruits, as well as a hint of dark chocolate, making it a treat for those who like their coffee black.
The Populus, 146 Neil Rd, Singapore 088875, +65 6635 8420
Toby’s Estate is a popular place for cold brew coffee, and it serves its version over ice cubes to tone down the intensity. The café uses single origin Ethiopian coffee beans that are lightly roasted, making it really easy to drink.
Toby’s Estate, 8 Rodyk Street, #01-03/04, Singapore 238216, +65 6396 0609
The Coffee Academics’ Nitro Coffee is a cold brew that’s brewed through a pressurised valve. The resulting coffee is a heady, silken blend that tastes a little bit like stout, sans the alcohol. The place also does a cold brew with milk, but this rendition is a tad weak for our liking.
Coffee Academics, Scotts Square,6 Scotts Road, #02-01/02, Singapore 228209